Zephyros Owners Thread

Wild Country Tent

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14/06/2011 at 02:46

This is a new thread for owners of the Wild Country Zephyros to leave their reviews and experiences with the tent. It would be nice to get some photos of the tents in action.

There are two models: The Zephyros 1 & The Zephyros 2.

The tents look similar to Terra Nova Lasers (single tranverse hoop with end struts).

Below is a schematic of the Zephyros 2:

http://s3.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/46459/gallery/zephyros_2_line_drawing.jpg?width=350&height=335&mode=max

14/06/2011 at 16:39
I shall contribute once the tent arrives.
14/06/2011 at 16:57

http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep1.jpg?width=350&height=248&mode=max


I'm not sure how to go about this - I have 12 photos of the tent added to my gallery. If you view the image can you also view the others rather than me posting all 12? And yes I know the grass needs cutting I like the tent I think it's great, I can see the inner and flysheet touching though in strong gusting winds but not significantly so, I wont know until I use it in anger in some 'orrible conditions and in any case this is the first attempt at pitching it and I couldn't attach the guyline around the back of the tent because of the bushes. The pegs are not bad at all actually but I prefer my other ones. There's a nice big space each end where I could store things, bags of food

14/06/2011 at 17:05

http://s3.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep12.jpg?width=350&height=263&mode=max


http://s3.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep11.jpg?width=350&height=267&mode=max


http://s3.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep10.jpg?width=350&height=232&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep9.jpg?width=350&height=263&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep8.jpg?width=263&height=350&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep7.jpg?width=350&height=263&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep6.jpg?width=350&height=305&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep5.jpg?width=350&height=263&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep4.jpg?width=350&height=263&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep3.jpg?width=350&height=263&mode=max


http://s4.outdoorsmagic.com/members/images/44074/gallery/zep2.jpg?width=350&height=274&mode=max


It seems not, so here are the other pics.

14/06/2011 at 17:47

It looks great, I can't wait to get mine so I can have a play!

Thanks for posting.

14/06/2011 at 19:40

Agreed.

 It is a good looking tent.  Anyone want a Vango Spectre 200 or a Terra Nova Laser Competition?

14/06/2011 at 20:46

Nice photos masterluke, I thought this topic would create a lot of interest when I first mentioned about this tent in my original post. It kind of looks too good to be true but I'm sure its a fine tent. I'm thinking of getting one just for the hell of it and to keep my Akto for best if that makes sense. Cant wait to hear the reports on its performance. Also I bet soon their will be people shaving grammes off by changing guy lines and webbing to dyneema and pegs to titanium and the all the usual stufff.

14/06/2011 at 23:33
looks really nice, i was thinking of getting a second hand laser comp but i guess i could save like £80 odd with this.

any chance of some pictures of the pack size?
15/06/2011 at 00:47
I also have a Vango Spectre 200, an MSR Zoid 2 and a Vango Spirit 300+!  One can never have too many tents though, can one...?!
15/06/2011 at 05:40
paul baggett wrote (see)
any chance of some pictures of the pack size?

In what form, in it's own bag? I've been trying to figure out how best to pack the tent in my rucksack, my other tent I've been previously using - MH Sprite 1 is inner pitching first so I pack the inner and flysheet separately in the side pockets. Detaching and reattaching the inner/flysheet I will find to be too much faff esp. when it's every day, I want to keep it 'as-one' for ease of pitching. At the moment it's in a compression bag (the sort you seal & squeeze and roll the air out) which has squashed it up well, it's a comparable size to the clothes which I do the same with. Obviously I've had to remove the small end poles first. If anything it has probably freed up space with the space now available in the side pockets for something else. The only problem with squashing things up into compression bags is that it can be difficult/impossible to do when you have freezing cold wet hands!

15/06/2011 at 05:53
Colonel Blimp wrote (see)
I also have a Vango Spectre 200, an MSR Zoid 2 and a Vango Spirit 300+!  One can never have too many tents though, can one...?!
I also have a Vango Spirit 200 and a MH Sprite 1 which may not get used now that I have the Zephros. I also have 3 bivi bags which seems a bit daft as well. I've now got 3 sleeping bags n' all for that matter when I only need one.
15/06/2011 at 06:05
Question for those of you that have used the similar Competition/Laser - how do you best pitch these tents into the wind? They don't have a rear end as such, I haven't used a single pole tent before.
15/06/2011 at 07:37

I'm really being good not buying this tent, just to add it to my Sololite and Aspect 1 and turn into Mr Wild Country

Looks a fine little number for sure!

15/06/2011 at 08:20

Many thanks to masterluke for this early review and some great photos! I'll almost certainly be buying one of these later in the year now.

I take it then it pitches inner and fly together?

15/06/2011 at 08:22
masterluke wrote (see)
Question for those of you that have used the similar Competition/Laser - how do you best pitch these tents into the wind? They don't have a rear end as such, I haven't used a single pole tent before.

Just put one of the two ends into the wind, simples!
15/06/2011 at 08:57
cheers master luke, i was just curious how well it packed, as it would need to go into a golite jam. sounds reasonably small i would probally pack it the same way so cheers for the info.
15/06/2011 at 10:33

Soooo tempting - somebody stop me.

(Repeat to self 'I have enough tents, I have enough tents, I have enough tents ...')

15/06/2011 at 11:51
Examples of packed size - once I had removed the carbon end poles. The original pack size is quite big, but done right it is quite easy to fit in a pack for wildcamping. The carbon poles pop in with the alu ones and at 54cm the pole bag slots nicely down the back of my pack. Pegs are easily accommodated anywhere.


1. in mesh stuff sack together (fly/inner) - not compressed. 28cm L x 18cm W x 10cm H

2. Inner rolled up - not compressed. 28cm x 10cm x 10cm
Flysheet rolled up - not compressed. 27cm x 8cm x 9cm

I would have posted pics but 'Safari' is not playing.

My preferred option for pitching is not to pitch as one. My reason being, that once the outer is pitched, I can go inside the tent and see much better where I need to remove twigs/pinecones, etc. The inner is straightforward to attach, and in a morning I can pack away to just the flysheet, and chill for a bit with a cuppa, before folding the fly and sitting it at the top of the pack.




Edited: 15/06/2011 at 11:57
15/06/2011 at 13:53

You can now read all the details about these new tents on the Terra Nova website:

Zephyros 2 specifications

Zephyros 1 specifications

15/06/2011 at 13:59
So the Zephyros 1 has now gone up to £149?!  I got me a bargain lol!
Edited: 15/06/2011 at 14:02
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